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Project Background: Pastor Fish for Kids

 

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[For Your Consideration – 60th Grammys] [Press Release – App Launch]
[Teacher Resources Pages] [Main Pastor Fish “About” Page] 

 

WHAT IT IS 

Our goal: provide a fun and whimsical presentation immersive learning experience for children and the young at heart, with downloadables that include a robust, multi-lingual app that goes beyond the Gospel songs and stories on the CD to include educationally sound games, for hours of joyful learning.  A solid foundation of Bible basics along with positive messages that enhance emotional intelligence, provide support for sad feelings, and bolster self-worth.   Our “Pastor Fish Radio Hour” programming is a welcome resource for creative Sunday school teachers, home-schoolers, and other caring adults.  We’re thinking generationally by creating resources geared towards the young at heart. 

WHY DO IT 

So many apps and CDs are available for kids, but not all of them aim to build self-esteem or provide a fun grounding for life. With attendance at Sunday school in decline1, parents still may enjoy imparting a working knowledge of biblical stories and guiding principles, or fostering that sense of sacred belonging that comes from being part the Pastor Fish underwater family. In today’s interconnected world, our multi-lingual resources can also help people learn new languages, thus giving them a step-up in life.  That is why we’re offering positive, gentle, healing messages and foster basic biblical literacy in multiple languages, in a fun format.

WHAT’S NEW

We have submitted our Spanish Language CD for Grammy consideration.  Read more:  [For Your Consideration – 60th Grammys

PROJECT HISTORY

We originally developed the concept, wrote stories and songs, and recorded our first CD a few years ago. That CD, “The Pastor Fish Radio Show,”  takes a children’s radio show format, and arrives complete with fun “commercials” and jingles, weather and even traffic. Kids meet Pastor Fish, Barni Barnacle, and Wigbert the Whale as they listen and learn key concepts, parables and stories from the Bible including: The Creation Story, Noah, Jonah, The Red Sea, David & Goliath, Loaves & Fishes, Various Parables, The Ten Commandments, The Beatitudes, and The Christmas & Easter Stories.  Some of the songs reinforce the stories, while others foster emotional intelligence.  These stories were chosen prayerfully, after gathering input from various pastors, friends, and parents, very informally. Once that CD was released, we gained further feedback. Then, we gathered feedback from listeners and select Sunday school teachers throughout 2014, and added teacher resources.

The new Spanish CD is now available and the original CD is still available for purchase. Both can be streamed online free of charge.   Sheet music in English is available here, free of charge (Spanish coming soon).  Other supplemental resources suitable for youth ministers, teachers and parents are also available on our teacher resource pages. And now, a new app – featuring songs, stories and even games – is here. The app 1.0 includes a Spanish-language option.  Stay tuned: the next release of our app will include Russian and Ukrainian content. 

Future Plans

Depending on the feedback we receive from the app launch, we have a number of follow-on ideas, such as the possibility of adding more languages, beyond English, Spanish, Russian and Ukrainian. Stay tuned for app launch dates and other breaking news ! 

Credits   

FEATURING – ENGLISH  
  • Lead Vocals (Songs) – English
Kelly Shaw (The Lord’s Prayer); Lauren Speeth (When the Lord Says Go); Jennifer Thomas (It’s Okay to Feel Sad); Josh Workman (Loaves & Fishes);
  • Voice of Pastor Fish
Lauren Speeth
  • Male Voice (Announcer, Characters)
Josh Workman
  • Voices of Minnows
Cherry Ordoñez, Kelly Shaw, Nicole Vigil
  • Voice of Chaplain Snail
Nicole Vigil
  • Backup Vocals (songs)
Kelly Shaw, Lauren Speeth, Josh Workman
FEATURING – SPANISH  
  • Lead Vocals (songs) – Spanish
Carmen Milagro 
  • Voice of Pastora Pez
Ana Serrano
  • Male Voice (Announcer, Characters)
Alberto Montes De Oca
  • Voices of Minnows
Nelly A. Baumb, Nelly M. Baumb, Alberto Montes De Oca, Lauren Speeth
  • Backup Vocals (songs)
Devon Filo, Don Kane, Kelly Shaw, Lauren Speeth
FEATURING – RUSSIAN & UKRAINIAN  
  • Lead & Backup Vocals (Songs) – Russian
coming soon
  • Lead & Backup Vocals (Songs) – Ukrainian
coming soon
  • Voice of Pastor Fish – Russian & Ukrainian
Dr. Tania Andrienko
  • Male Voices – Russian & Ukrainian
Dr. Vladimir Genin
  • Voices of Minnows
Tania Andrienko & Vladimir Genin
ADDITIONAL CREDIT DETAILS   
  • Original Songs, Adapted Stories, App Concept, and First (Draft) Spanish Translation
Lauren Speeth
  • Final Spanish Translation
Dr. Frances Sweeney, Professor of Spanish Linguistics, Chair of Department of World Languages & Cultures and Chair of the Core Curriculum Committee at Saint Mary’s College of California
  • Russian and Ukrainian Translations
Dr. Tania Andrienko, Professor of International Studies, Taras Schevchenko University, Kiev UKRAINE
  • Recorded At
Elfenworks Productions Studios
  • Sound Recording
Don Kane, Josh Workman
  • Field Recording
Nelly M. Baumb, Lauren Speeth
  • Mixing
Lauren Speeth, John Watkins
  • Mastering
John Watkins
  • Original Song Music Arrangement, Guitar, and Accompanying Synth Instruments
Josh Workman
  • Clarinet
Don Kane
  • Artwork
Michael Dalling
  • App Development
Niilo Tippler and Chris Tokunaga, Tip-Tok

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1Source: “Can Sunday School be Saved?” ABP News, Online at http://www.abpnews.com/ministry/congregations/item/7049-can-sunday-school-be-saved#.UtHP4rHTkuU and accessed January 11, 2014.